Higgins Bald Ground TR 190A

The trail gently climbs Higgins Bald where old cabin foundations exist. This trail branches off from the Mount Mitchell Trail. It breaks off to the left from the Mount Mitchell trail after about 1.5 miles and rejoins the yellow blazed Mount Mitchell Trail after 1.3 miles. Campsites with established camp rings are available and a stream is nearby to obtain water.

Total Length: 1.3 miles

Total Elevation Change: 610 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

Beginning Point: Mt. Mitchell TR 190

Ending Point: Mt. Mitchell TR 190

Average Hiking Time: 45 minutes (one way)

Amount of Use: Heavy

Blaze Color: Yellow

Area Trail Map: South Toe River, Mount Mitchell & Big Ivy Trail map

USGS Quad Map: Celo

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Drinking water

General Information


From Burnsville, go east on US 19E for about 4.3 miles. Turn right onto NC 80. After 0.6 mile, turn right again to stay on NC 80. Follow this road for 11.6 miles. After passing Mt. Mitchell Golf Course, Turn right onto South Toe River Road/NFSR 472. The road changes to gravel. At intersection, turn right toward Black Mountain Campground. Parking for this trail is located across the river from the campground. Hikers should cross the vehicle bridge toward the campground, turn left once across the river, and access the trail on the right side of the Briar Bottom Camp road.


Day Hiking


Drinking water: Nearby stream